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[SECURITY] 5 Tips for a CYBER-SECURED New Year

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Sat, Dec 17, 2022 @ 01:24 PM

As we look toward 2023, it is important to look closely at the top cybersecurity trends. Keeping your operations secure protects your company and reputation as a trusted care and service provider. According to Forbes Magazine, Gartner analysts predict that 43 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be connected in 2023. Wearable health monitors and smart home security systems fall into this category.

With more connected devices, cybersecurity needs to be a priority for businesses especially as we enter another year of work-from-home employees sharing data across multiple devices. As devices and networking increase, so do potential points of entry for attackers.

Protecting electronic information and assets is particularly important for the healthcare industry. Here is our list of the top ways to keep your business secure.

  1. Password Manager - Encrypted 
  2. Multi-Factor Authentication 
  3. VPN use 
  4. Back up files to a Cloud
  5. Building a security-aware culture

Protecting your information begins with password management software. According to Security Magazine, the average business user has 191 online passwords. A non-business internet user has around 23. To protect yourself from security threats, explore tools designed to organize and protect your passwords across all websites and devices. 

As users access your resources and data, they require two forms of identification. This is known as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which effectively adds an extra layer of security.

In 2023, VPNs will be an increasingly important part of your cyber security landscape. VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network,” and it ensures you access the Internet via a server protected by a trusted IT vendor. This means your connection will pass through a VPN server, so it is encrypted, and your IP address is hidden before it gets to your internet service provider (ISP). This service is very beneficial when using public wi-fi as hackers, and criminals often use public servers to access personal information.

VPNs can also be applied at home for added security and privacy. For businesses and organizations, especially ones utilizing remote workers, a VPN for those using a company computer, or accessing company networks is a must. It ensures your employees use a secure connection to work no matter what wi-fi server they are on.

A fundamental part of security is knowing where to store the data you want to protect. In today's cyber landscape you have many options for file storage and backup.

The classic tried, and true backup method uses hardware such as a flash drive. An external hard drive can be used for many files requiring storage or protection.

If your data is shared with multiple parties, Dropbox or Google Docs might be options. However, in 2023, the best approach to secure data backup for businesses is using a secure cloud-based server. Your business likely has far too much information to store on a flash drive or even an external hard drive, and services like Google Docs and Dropbox are not optimized for the security a business needs.

Information stored on a cloud server is accessible across many different devices, which works well for organizations or businesses. Cloud backup is continuous and automatic, making new files and updates very accessible to anyone who needs it.

Last, but certainly not least, the most efficient way to protect a business or household from bad actors on the Internet is by creating and fostering a culture of security, applicable to anyone who may come into contact with sensitive material or use devices associated with said material.

Cyber security has expanded from solely an IT department concern to one that must be addressed and understood by all employees, regardless of technical skill. Providing education about the types of attacks one might incur while browsing or emailing, as well as the steps to mitigate them will keep you the most secure in the long run. Just remember, the first defense is education.

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Cyber Security Protection Starts with Employee Training and Passwords

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Thu, Jul 08, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Are you a small or midsize business (SMB)? Most skilled nursing and senior living organizations find themselves in this category and like all other SMBs, cyber security should be a top concern given that 60% of companies impacted by cyber attacks go out of business. If that gets your attention, you'll be interested to see these related stats.

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The onus is on business owners to create a culture of cyber security across the workforce. Make staff feel part of the team when it comes to blocking out attackers -- train them to recognize and avoid threats. Many companies now offer phishing resistance training, which is a great tool to have in your belt.

Lastly, we can't stress enough the importance of password management. It's estimated that 60% of employees use the same password across multiple work and home applications. Educate them on creating better ones, automate your password expiration policy and consider multi-factor authorizations (MFAs).

If you're feeling vulnerable, take our cyber security self-audit to see if you've got cyber security basics in place. If you've got weaknesses, we can help.


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Topics: cyber security cyber threats phishing ransomware insider threats
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Identify the Threat: 3 Types of Cyber-Attacks Faced by Long-Term Care Facilities

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Long-term care cyber-attacks are on the rise. From single-location facilities to nationwide organizations, the long-term care industry is facing cyber threats like never before.

How can you keep your long-term care organization safe from attacks? The first step is to know what you’re dealing with.

Threat Type #1: Email Phishing Attacks

By far the most common cyber-attack, email phishing is when a hacker attempts to gain protected information (usually passwords) through deceptive means. Often, victims will receive an email from a trustworthy individual or organization insisting that they click a link or fill out a form. As soon as they do, the hacker captures their information and can use it however they wish.

Phishing attacks are dangerous because they rely on human error, not software loopholes or vulnerabilities. The emails often seem credible. For instance, your staff might receive a bulk email from you stating that their passwords have been reset and that they must enter their login information to confirm. They click the link in the email, which takes them to a landing page that looks exactly like software your organization uses. Since it looks legit, they enter their information, and the attackers now have access to your systems.

Staff training and vigilance can reduce the likelihood of a successful phishing attack, but it only takes one slip-up to compromise your security.

Threat Type #2: Ransomware / Malware Attacks

Malware attacks are viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, or any other type of malicious software application that a user downloads to your system. The programs themselves can do anything imaginable to your network. Some malware simply hides or deletes information. Other programs shut out users or make certain applications totally inoperable.

A malware attack becomes a ransomware attack when the hackers offer to reverse the damage they have caused for a monetary payment. Larger organizations have paid ransoms in the millions of dollars just to get their systems back online.

Malware and ransomware attacks are initiated through clicked links or file downloads. Once downloaded, the program attaches itself to different files and gets to work. Email filters and other scanning programs help, but hackers are finding more and more ways to get these files onto your organization’s computers.

Threat Type #3: Social Engineering Attacks

Phishing isn’t the only cyber-attack that relies on human error. Other types of cyber-attacks take a different, yet still personal, approach to stealing information.

Baiting is a type of cyber-attack that promises a desirable good in exchange for a user’s information. For example, a website might offer free music downloads for providing your email login and password.

Pretexting is all about the story. The attacker creates a plausible pretext for requiring the information they ask from you. For instance, they might ask for your full name, social security number, and mother’s maiden name to confirm your identity. In reality, they’re using that information to commit identity theft.


In the end, your best defense against cyber-attacks is education. Talk to your staff about cyber-attacks and make sure they understand what’s really at stake.

Beyond your employees, consider partnering with an IT provider to secure your long-term care organization’s data against cyber-attacks. For instance, Prime Care Technologies offers a highly secure Tier III+ data center as well as a separate disaster recovery center to its clients.

It’s not a question of if you’ll be the victim of a cyber-attack — it’s when. And when it happens, don’t you want to be ready?

Topics: cyber security cyber threats phishing ransomware malware
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U.S. Health and Human Services Cites 5 Most Relevant Cyber Threats

By Peter Teichert on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 @ 02:47 PM

Our recent webinar, A 3-Prong Preparation Strategy for HIPAA Audits, touched upon cybersecurity. As a follow-up, we have prepared the below infographic, summarizing related information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

If we can be of help to you in protecting yourself against these threats or preparing for HIPAA audits, get in touchTo learn more about our expertise, visit our primeCLOUD page.

Top 5 Cyber Threats

Topics: cybersecurity HIPAA compliance HIPAA One Risk Assessment HIPAA enforcement cyber threats

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